Founder Ande Akinrele opened i Medspa after spending more than 20 years working in the international health and beauty industry in Belgium, England, and West Africa. Her close-knit staff—which includes physicians, physician assistants, nurses, medical aesthetician, and resident puppet—specializes in FDA-approved laser services such as IPL photofacials, acne treatments, medical weight loss, botox and filler treatments, and laser hair removal. More traditional spa services include facials, diamond-tip microdermabrasion, and chemical peels combining glycolic and salicylic acids. To help clients maintain their results at home, i Medspa sells pharmaceutical or medical-grade skincare lines such as Epionce, Obagi, and Glo-minerals makeup.
At Skin by Shannon, Shannon uses techniques such as clay masks, steam, exfoliations, and an enzyme peel during her custom facials to help battle anything from acne to dry skin. The skin specialist also expertly removes unwanted hair on faces, legs, and tails for women and men.
From the organic teas and fresh fruit that await clients when they walk through the front door to the soothing services performed inside treatment rooms, Cetina European Skin Spa creates a peaceful respite where clients can let go of their stresses. Operated by a mother-daughter team of aestheticians—Maria and Suzanne Cetina—the spa draws on both cutting-edge techniques and products in its indulgent therapies. The Cetinas emphasize the importance of natural skincare methods by stocking their shelves with Shir-Organic products made from whole fruits and rejuvenating herbs.
These organic products drive to the soothing effects of the spa's various facial treatments and body therapies, such as shea butter hand treatments that nourish skin or mineral-rich sea-mud wraps that provide marshland camouflage. For a more mechanical approach, the staff uses crystal and diamond microdermabrasion equipment to restore cheekbones' natural radiance while minimizing the appearance of wrinkles, acne scars, and other blemishes. The massage therapists help complete spa escapes by soothing muscles with relaxing and therapeutic modalities.
Patrons who visit either of South Bay Xpress Spa and Wax’s two locations rest easy knowing that they've entrusted their skin to expert aestheticians. That's because the staff undergoes continual training in alternative waxing techniques, facial treatments, and lash enhancement procedures. With this knowledge in hand, the staff pampers clients from head to tail with microdermabrasion, brow tinting, lash perms, and body waxing.
In his early days as a massage therapist, Sean Struxness was struck by the stark contrasts in quality between high-end and low-end spas, noticing a large gap between the two. He founded The Massage Spot to fill that gap, partly because he no longer wanted to mow the gap's out-of-control grass. Though it forgoes the locker rooms and showers that full day spas may offer, Struxness's mini day spa doesn't skimp on the tranquil atmosphere, as it features flickering candles, soothing music, and a relaxing zen area. The service menu isn't lacking, either; The Massage Spot's team of professionals performs haircuts and deep conditionings, nine types of facials, spa pedicures with aromatherapy soaks, and Western and Eastern styles of massage therapy.
Registered nurse Vala DiCarlo draws on more than 15 years experience in the medical field to enhance skin’s health and aesthetic appeal. This clinical background makes her particular about the products she chooses to integrate into her custom facial treatments. Using professional-grade solutions from 302 Professional Skincare and Le Mieux, she erases built-up years with treatments including ultrasonic facials that deliver anti-aging serums deep into the skin’s inner layers. She also treats acne with infusions of green tea, chamomile, and sulfur, or reduces hyperpigmentation with the rejuvenation facial’s glycolic exfoliation. She doesn’t leave sensitive skin to fend for itself, but instead soothes it with a specially calibrated facial that includes exfoliating spray and all-natural, fragrance-free products.